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Rural radio broadcaster loves the variety of his job

By Jeremy Davis
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Tyler Cavalli knew since high school that he wanted to do something in broadcasting.

Tyler Cavalli, news editor and anchor for KRVN

Tyler Cavalli is a news editor and anchor for KRVN radio

When Cavalli started job shadowing at KPMX, a radio station in Sterling, Colorado, he knew he had found his calling. He loved sports but instead of playing them, he wanted to talk about them. Since his high school didn’t have opportunities for students to announce at games, he job shadowed and did color commentary for the station to build experience.

Getting involved with the station really made him fall in love with sports broadcasting. He knew it was something that he wanted to pursue as a career.

Cavalli majored in broadcasting at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. At UNK, he was the sports director for three years, which gave him experience covering different events.

Cavalli got a job with KRVN, a radio station in Lexington, Nebraska, after he graduated and has been there since. He is a news editor and anchor at the station. Along with news coverage and some production work, Cavalli hosts a country music show on Sunday afternoons.

Even though Cavalli grew up on a cattle ranch near Lodgepole, Nebraska, he said that he hadn’t thought of going into rural radio. “It never really crossed my mind,” he said.

“You have to be talented in more aspects than one,” Cavalli said. “In this industry, you must be able to write, edit and even shoot video.”

In the day-to-day work at a radio station, everyone has to write and edit their own stories.  “In radio there really isn’t an editor,” he said.

“KRVN has a huge variety to what they cover,” Cavalli said. “With agricultural and regular news, sports and music there are many things to pay attention to.”

On a normal day at KRVN, Cavalli starts off managing all of KRVN’s social media. This includes updating the station’s Twitter, Facebook and website. In addition to the station’s Twitter account, he also updates his personal KRVN account. Along with social media, he also does promos for KRVN-sponsored events like concerts.

The rest of the day Cavalli works on getting news compiled for newscasts in the afternoon.  If there is severe weather, he will often go on scene. He said it is exciting when he gets to cover weather and fires live.

“Much of my day is consumed with doing interviews,” Cavalli said. “Interviews are a great way to get a personal look into the story we are covering in a newscast.”

At 3 p.m., Cavalli starts doing newscasts. The newscasts are usually recorded and then produced. Doing newscasts this way allows for all of the information and interview sound bites to be put together seamlessly. Cavalli said that if he has to do a newscast live he will, but he likes to have them done ahead of time so he is free if a big story breaks or if he needs to go cover something.

Cavalli loves his job and loves working for KRVN. He encourages students going into journalism to do as much as they can.

“Anything you can do to get experience helps in the long run. Even if it is just some job shadowing.”

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